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Baloney! It's not your fault


Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the second politician I had heard make this claim. The other politician, thank goodness, lost her election. A local citizen claimed his nurse wife and her coworkers often joked they would be out of a job if not for the dissolute ways of Americans. These people, apparently, believe if you and I live a good clean life we will live to a ripe old age and drop dead suddenly without ever using the "health care system".

Besides being nonsensical this is similar to the religious fundamentalists claiming AIDS is Gods way of punishing lasciviousness. It is really like blaming the victim of rape for being too attractive and causing the problem. You can't put enough lipstick on that pig to make it pass.

If these people are basing their remarks on the Center for Disease Control Study of the National Institute of Health they should analyze the data. Spurious risk factors in the study included whether the patient had annual mammograms, dental care, eye exams, pap smears, colonoscopy after age 50, ate fresh fruits and vegetables, had up to date immunizations and other factors requiring large out-lays of cash.

These things have nothing to do with life styles. Are they risk factors? Sure they are. Risk factors generated by being too poor to pay for life's little extras. These preventive measures are not covered by insurance (even if one can afford the insurance) and are beyond the means of many people.

But, you say, what these folks mean is the smoking, drinking, over eating/obesity, and loose morals of Americans are causing increased costs over other countries. Sorry, according to an American Medical Association Journal article quoting the World Health Organization, accessible on the internet, Americans were not mired in the muck of sin and excess. According to WHO Americans, among the people of the developed nations, were 5th best (least) for smoking among women and 3rd best for men.

We are 5th best for alcohol consumption per capita. We were 5th best in consumption of animal fat and 3rd lowest for total cholesterol for men 50 to 65 in the 13 nations with serum levels for cholesterol.

Are we too fat and lazy? Possibly, but you cannot drive around even a small town without seeing multiple .....
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The next seven generations

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. ..... 
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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INC. for President

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I figured out the problem with political races- human beings are just too flawed to withstand such scrutiny and pressure. We get to see all their weaknesses, their peculiar family members that remind us of our peculiar family members. We hear about ..... 
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Why Bio?

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In an increasingly competitive world marketplace, every region must identify and build upon areas of strategic advantage. Here in southern Minnesota, the bio-sciences offer us that edge. What is bio-science?

Bio-science applies biological te ..... 
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Farmers aren't to blame for increased food costs

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In a world of finger pointing, farmers have had to shoulder the blame for the increased costs of food, when in reality, the facts point to other influences that contribute to the rising costs. I would like to share some statistics with you:

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Why not a greater Rushford?

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is worth mentioning, that according to the Minnesota Design Team, of all the greater Rushford residents who took part in the recent brainstorming exercise, R-P students made the most lasting impression.

High school senior, Carina Schiltz, ..... 
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It's time for an "elite" president

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Political discourse, besides becoming more confrontational, has become more Orwellian. It seems almost a requirement to name programs in a manner that obscures their intent.

The Clear Skies Initiative, that has obstructed the Clean Air Act ..... 
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The marvels of small things

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Take a look at your desk/work table. Notice all the small, marvels, things you can hold with one hand, which make our lives easier. Many of them have been developed in my lifetime, or not long before. A few are very ancient. I wonder how many other ..... 
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